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Dude Wipes: How These Business Owners Innovated Toilet Paper

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Toilet tissue is not most people’s idea of a glamorous business – but just like any industry, it offers opportunities to savvy entrepreneurs who know how to spot an underserved market. Sean Riley and a few of his friends decided to start a business called Dude Wipes, selling flushable wipes marketed to men, because they… Read more

Innovate Your Business, Small Business Tools

Should Your Business Use TurboTax Now That It’s Been Hacked?

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In early February 2015, 19 states experienced an uptick in fraudulent state-tax filings prepared with TurboTax. In response, TurboTax shut down all of its state tax filing capabilities at the height of tax-filing season. However, many victims have already had their tax refunds released to criminals. The FBI is currently investigating the case. Although no… Read more

Innovate Your Business, Small Business Tools

Small Business Owners Share How They Plan to Innovate in 2015

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Small business owners are often some of the most innovative entrepreneurs. This is in part by necessity; small businesses have to be innovative to compete with larger companies and stay on top of ever-shifting market dynamics. But there’s also something about small business owners that is conducive to innovation. Small business owners tend to be… Read more

Business Inspiration, Know Your Business, Rock Your Business, State of Small Business

How Can Small Businesses Compete with Big Companies?

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People often assume that small businesses are at a disadvantage when competing with big companies. After all, big companies have big company budgets for advertising. They have big economies of scale that enable them to do things faster and cheaper. They can offer lower prices that small businesses cannot match. The idea of competing with… Read more

Business Plan, Innovate Your Business, Research, Small Business Tools, Start Your Business

Starting a Business This Year? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

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Are you thinking about starting a business in 2015? If so, you are in good company – and this might be a great year to start a business. Lots of small business owners are looking at growth plans and feeling more optimistic for the year ahead. The U.S. economy seems to have finally emerged from… Read more

Business Credit, Fund Your Business

What Does “Bad Credit” Really Mean in 2015?

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Many small business owners struggle to get approved for small business loans. In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis and the Great Recession, small business lending was especially difficult to find, as many credit markets had frozen up, making banks highly reluctant to lend to all but the best credit risks. At the same… Read more

Grow Your Business, Social Media

New Ad Tool Automates Facebook Campaigns, Saving You Time and Money

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Facebook ads have been getting more expensive, but reaching fewer customers. The company has been raising their rates and limiting the number of ads shown to users. But new products like Kuhcoon are now becoming available to automate Facebook ad campaigns and optimize your marketing spend. These types of solutions were once reserved for large… Read more

Company Culture, Know Your Business, Manage Your Business, State of Small Business

5 Ways to Leverage Your Company Culture as a Small Business

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It’s a sad fact that the largest companies in an industry or an area have an operating advantage over small businesses. They have the money, the manpower, and often the governmental backing to compete at a higher level. But that doesn’t mean the so-called little guys are doomed to get steamrollered by Corporate America. Being… Read more

Know Your Business, Minority Businesses

I’m a Small Business and a Minority – How Can I Compete?

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Minority businesses are fueling small business growth in the United States. The number of minority-owned businesses is experiencing rapid growth in part because their demographic is growing. The 2010 census reported that minority business owners were outpacing their non-minority counterparts at more than twice the national rate. That same census also predicted that by the… Read more

Kabbage Customers, Know Your Business, Rock Your Business, Small Business Stories, Womenpreneurs

Lisa Bradley: North Carolina Entrepreneur Turns Her Experience on The Oprah Winfrey Show into a Mission to Help Others

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In 2006 on the brink of divorce and close to losing everything, Lisa Bradley and her husband Steven appeared as guests on The Oprah Winfrey Show. They were featured as participants of “America’s Debt Diet,” as part of Oprah’s challenge to America to encourage people to get out of debt. According to Lisa, the challenge… Read more